95% of ‘Monument Valley’ Installs on Android were Pirated


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According to a report by Cult of Android, only 5% of installs of Monument Valley, one of the best mobile games of 2014, have actually been paid for. The developers of the popular multi platform game, which is currently priced at $3.99 in the Play Store, notes that a small portion of the other 95% are legitimate downloads too, but the vast majority of them were pirated. Meanwhile, over 40% of Monument Valley installs on iPhones and iPads have been found paid for.

“In simple terms, that means that if 100,000 people installed the app, Ustwo will have seen less than $20,000 in revenue after Google took its share… out of a possible $400,000. That’s quite a difference. And to add insult to injury, Ustwo recently had to deal with a backlash from players who bombarded the game with 1-star ratings and bad reviews when it asked for a small fee to get its latest level pack.”

Developer Ustwo said on Twitter, “We’re not complaining at all by the way, it’s to be expected” . It’s not all bad news for the developers though, as they have created an incredibly popular game, which was recently chosen as one of Apple’s best iOS games of 2014 and has sold more than 1.4 million copies since its release earlier this year.

If you haven’t already, you can download the game for iOS ($3.99) at the following App Store link.

Download Monument Valley for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad [Direct Link]


  • einsteinbqat

    “It’s to be expected” Now, I’d like to know more about that assertion.

  • Al

    “…over 40% of Monument Valley installs on iPhones and iPads have been found paid for.”

    I have a hard time believing that.

  • Guest

    As long as games are region locked, it’s going to happen. Not excusing it but many apps are only available in the more ‘developed’ world through the play store.

  • Chrome262

    What do you think its less or more. Whats the percentage of JB of late? being as thats one of the easiest ways of getting the app without paying.

  • Al

    I meant that’s ridiculously high. I’d accept that 40% of JB phones have pirated copies. But that likely equates to less than 1% of iPhone users.

  • Chrome262

    I agree, the difference between the two app stores is oversight, Sure its harder to get an app approved but you get consistent and it most cases, safe apps. Also, there is only one app store, while with android you can go with any third part app store. Cool for choice, bad for safe content, and in most cases lots of crappy content.